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College-Bound Cavaliers Explore College Fair

Gaby Blanco
Upperclassmen had the opportunity to attend Gables’ annual college fair on Oct. 2. Representatives from over 80 colleges were in attendance.

With most students beginning and some nearing the end of their college application journeys, Coral Gables Senior High’s annual college fair presented a beacon of information for college-bound Cavaliers. In three sessions on Oct. 2, from 12:05 p.m. to 2:05 p.m., students gathered in the gymnasium to meet representatives from different colleges. Delegates ranged from those with campuses based in Florida such as Florida International University or University of Miami to universities across the country like New York University or Duke University.

During the three 35-minute sessions, students had the opportunity to freely explore the tables and engage in conversation with as many college representatives as possible. The College Assistance Program advisor Ms. Sanz provided resources to help them navigate through the myriad of college booths adorned with informational brochures and merchandise, such as stickers or pens. The representatives from each college shared general information about their institutions, including the admissions process, student population and academic programs available as well as the most popular fields of study.

“The enthusiastic reps definitely helped sell their colleges. It was refreshing to speak to someone about college in a casual way that wasn’t sitting in a classroom with a monotone speaker flipping slides on a PowerPoint,” senior Katelyn Mesa said.

The yearly college fair was coordinated by the Parent Teacher Student Association, a team of committed parent volunteers who contribute their time to support the school, and Ms. Sanz. Members of the PTSA, students from the wrestling and volleyball team as well as other volunteers collaborated to set up tables and build the garden arch present at the entrance.

“About two weeks before college fair, Ms. Sanz asked if we [the Garden Project] could make a garden arch and I said yes. We used real plants, meaning you will see these plants in the garden soon,” senior Gabriela McGrath-Moreira said.

Ms. Sanz handled the selection of colleges with Florida Tour, an organization of colleges and high schools that work together to allow colleges to engage with the greatest amount of potential students. Cavaliers were able to register from Sept. 12 to Sept. 22 through a Microsoft Form posted on their class Schoologies and pick up the wristbands that allowed entry into the event in front of the 9000 building on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28, during both lunches.

From setting up the tables to providing assistance navigating, help from volunteers was instrumental to the success of college fair. (Gaby Blanco)

“We like to have a diverse group of colleges so we look at their selectivity, clubs and athletics, where they’re located, what programs and majors they have, as well as scholarships and financial aid they offer. I also do a student survey after the fair to see which colleges students would like to see there, and try to get them the following year,” Ms. Sanz said.

With many colleges present at the event, each representative had to use their resources wisely to appeal to Cavaliers attending the event. General information about their respective institutions was handled through brochures and informational posters, emphasizing important selling points for each college, such as having multiple campuses in different parts of the world or allowing students to work in the field while studying for their degree. Representatives also shared their personal experiences at their universities and turned statistics into creative posters and activities for students to participate in. 

Students were encouraged to ask more specific questions about how each school aligned with their aspirations for college and future careers. They were also able to share contact information with representatives from colleges they were interested in through Quick Response codes provided by StriveScan. Students exchanged information with each other about their prospective colleges and were able to ask for help from both volunteers and faculty.

Representatives went all out on their booths to attract potential applicants. Infographics such as this one from St. John’s University in New York drew students in. (Gaby Blanco)

“I did my research on the colleges I was interested in talking to beforehand, so for colleges like UM and NYU my questions were about areas that seemed vague on the website like work study and study abroad opportunities,” senior Katelyn Mesa said.

The college fair allowed students to proactively seek out schools they had their eyes on and discover others that they might otherwise have not known about. Gables students will continue to explore their options in accordance with the career paths they have in mind, while representatives will slowly start to hear back from curious, doubtful and aspiring students. For now, Cavaliers will rely on the CAP to help guide them through this transition in their lives, looking to find a new home post high school.

Some Colleges the Class of ’23 Currently Attends
University of Miami
Senior Japheth Oyedepo from the Class of 23 attended the University of Miami.
Senior Japheth Oyedepo from the Class of ’23 attended the University of Miami. (Courtesy of gablesdecisions23)

Location: 1320 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Admission Rate: 28.5%

Graduation Rate: 83%

University of Miami is known for its research institutions and opportunities available, as early as in undergraduate level.

Popular Majors: General Finance, Registered Nursing, General Psychology

Princeton University
Senior Angel Li from the Class of 23 attended Princeton University.
Senior Angel Li from the Class of ’23 attended Princeton University. (Courtesy of gablesdecisions23)

Location: Princeton, NJ 08544

Admission Rate: 4.4%

Graduation Rate: 98%

Princeton University is an Ivy League school known for its strong undergraduate programs in the sciences and humanities.

Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Engineering

University of Pennsylvania
Senior Micaela Montero from the Class of 23 attended University of Pennsylvania.
Senior Micaela Montero from the Class of ’23 attended University of Pennsylvania. (Courtesy of gablesdecisions23)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19104

Admission Rate: 5.9%

Graduation Rate: 96%

University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League school known for its graduate programs such as the prestigious schools of Law, Medicine and Engineering and Applied Science.

Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing

Yale University
Senior Maria Jose Cestero from the Class of 23 attended Yale University.
Senior Maria Jose Cestero from the Class of ’23 attended Yale University. (Courtesy of gablesdecisions23)

Location: New Haven, CT 06520

Admission Rate: 5.3%

Graduation Rate: 97%

Yale University is an Ivy League school known for its research and distinguished Schools of Law, Management, Medicine and Drama.

Popular Majors: Economics, History, Political Science

Duke University
Senior Avery Felix from the Class of 23 attended Duke University.
Senior Avery Felix from the Class of ’23 attended Duke University. (Courtesy of gablesdecisions23)

Location: Durham, NC 27708

Admission Rate: 5.9%

Graduation Rate: 95%

Duke University is known for its excellent research programs in the sciences as well as in sports.

Popular Majors: Computer Science, Economics

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Elijah Cima is a senior in the Business Management and Information Technology academy coming in to his first (and only) year as a Staff Writer for CavsConnect. He joined CavsConnect hoping to improve his writing skills and get to know what writing in collaboration with an editor is like. He is a music nerd whose sense of fashion is wearing band shirts with baggy pants and loves listening to new music (mostly heavy metal sub genres). His favorite artists range from David Bowie to Opeth, Elliott Smith to Chief Keef and Ween to Playboi Carti. Elijah also enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, video games, playing piano, learning obscure trivia and creative writing. He hopes that his experience with CavsConnect will lead him to grow not only as a writer but as a person and lead him closer to his goal of becoming a published fiction author.
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Gaby Blanco is a senior in the DEH academy at Gables. Being Gaby’s third year as the photography editor of CavsTV, she hopes to round off her year by winning awards for her work at FSPA and spreading her love for the hobby. Besides school, she enjoys playing and watching everything horror and going out with her friends as much as possible. Coming as a surprise to many people, Gaby actually wants to study Architecture in the future and not journalism! She has been studying architecture for the past 4 years, is certified, and hopes to pursue an education studying abroad after she graduates.
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